Time to start Juicing; The Healthy Kind
The recommended serving of fruits and vegetables in today’s socitey is anywhere between 7 and 12 servings per day. How do you stack up?
The US, along with other parts of the world, have seen rising rates of harmful epidemics such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer. Some experts attribute this to an increase in fat consumption and processed foods loaded with artificial preservatives and SUGAR. Other researches attribute this to a lack of meeting our nutritional needs of things such as fruits and vegetables. One fad that has become increasingly popular to meet the recommended requirements is… JUICING. Juicing allows your body to become detoxified while enabling it to access and utilize restorative and sustaining nutrients which some experts believe can increase your mood and lifestyle.
The Pros of Juicing
- Juicing provides vital nutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals for our bodies.
- Food digests faster in liquid form and can aid your digestive system as a whole.
- Strengthens the immune system for cell regeneration and growth.
- Unlocking nutrients of raw foods is one of the vital benefits of juicing. Some claim that juicing can help release fiber’s nutrition to make it more available as a source for the body.
- Peelings from fruits and veggies are a rich source of vital nutrients that people normally throw away. A good quality juicer extracts juice from the whole veggie or fruit including peelings, pits, and seeds to provide vitamin and minerals that would otherwise be lost.
- Juice is an excellent snack or meal replacement because of its versatility
- The antioxidant effects of juices will help detoxify your body and help you eliminate the toxins, fats, preservatives, and chemicals that processed foods leave behind in your body.
- Some claim that increased energy and mood uplift are collateral benefits of juicing.
- Making your own juices allows you to make any combination of fruits or vegetables that you desire.
- Skeptics claim that the detox and cleansing benefits attributed to juicing may be more psychological than physical.
- It is best to spread out your intake of fruits and vegetables throughout the day versus having them in one sitting. Many people rely on these juice concoctions as there only source of fruits and vegetables.
- Commercial juices are pasteurized, homogenized, and blend with various preservatives and additives to give it shelf life. Stick to the all natural stuff.
- The missing ingredient in juice, FIBER, is a greater concern. Fiber is essential for moving food through the digestive system. Fiber not only plays an important role in digestive health but it also helps us feel fuller for longer period of time. The lack of this feeling may cause you to over eat in other food groups resulting in unnecessary weight gain.
- The Mayo Clinic argues that there’s little scientific evidence to support the belief that juice makes vitamins in fruit and vegetables easier for the body to absorb. They say, eating whole fruit and vegetables is the healthier way to get your daily intake.
- While fruits and veggies are a great source of natural sugar having large amounts in one sitting can be overkill.
Alternatives to juicing
- Eating fruit and vegetables in their natural state. You can never go wrong here.
- Opt for Juice “shots” such as Youthjuice and Vibe. Youthjuice claims that it is “Stuffed with over 3 pounds of 7 whole organic berries and their juice, 3 of the finest sea vegetables, 37 phytonutrients with no fillers, no other juices or water added, just essential ingredients that are necessary for a vibrant healthy life. “
- Take a capsule or vitamin like Juice Plus+. Juice Plus+ provides whole food nutrition from 17 different fruits, vegetables, and grains in convenient and inexpensive capsule form. Juice plus+ claims to use a bunch of the healthiest fruits and vegetables, juiced and dried at low temperatures, removing the water and most of the sugar, salt and bulk.
Any method of reaching the recommended of 7 to 12 total servings of fruits and vegetables a day is the “best way”. Obviously eating fruits and veggies in there most natural form, spread throughout the day, is ideal. For some, this is not realistic. Juicing or taking liquid or solid supplements is a great alternative. Find out which method is most convenient and beneficial for you and your schedule and go from there. Thanks for reading.